Here are some of our top new releases for the week of 29/04/2019…
Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real – Bad Case
Ooh, now then. Lukas Nelson channeling Tom Petty. Sounds great, eh? YES, IT DOES! With a new album coming next month, this bodes very well indeed.
Sam Outlaw – Humility
New EP from Sam. 3 songs with a dramatised “vignette” to lead into each one. It’s an interesting approach in a streaming playlist-based world. This is the last track on the EP and, to quote the intro, it’s “real deal, authentic, old timey country music”, done in Sam’s own style. Wonder if he’ll play this when he makes his Opry debut this weekend?
Striking Matches – Wake Up Alone
Also from a new EP, this is a track the pair have been playing live for a few years now. Still sounds fresh here though. “Nobody wants to be the first to say, ‘I was wrong’ | So we wake up all alone”. It’s a good track with all the elements we’ve come to expect from Striking Matches.
Old Dominion – Some People Do
Released just as “Make It Sweet” reaches no.1 on the U.S. Country Airplay chart, this is different. A stripped back piano based ballad founded on the premise that, “Most wouldn’t forgive what I’ve put you through | But I’m here tonight, hoping some people do”. The band says they’ve pushed themselves to show a side that hasn’t been so obvious previously, and they’re not just talking about Matthew Ramsey’s falsetto.
Logan Mize – Only In This Town
Taken from the soon to be released EP, “From The Vault”, a selection of songs that haven’t previously made it to record, until now (although he has featured them on his YouTube channel). I’d love to know what this was bumped in favour of, because this is in no way below par. On the contrary, it seems like he’s going from strength to strength.
Desure – Coming Down
There’s a definite late 70’s country rock vibe on this from Midland’s former tour manager, who’s steadily building his own catalogue and fan base. Reminds me a little of Jackson Browne –and that can’t be a bad thing – but the expression is all his own.
Ray Fulcher – Life After Your Leavin’
Very catchy number from the man who co-wrote Luke Comb’s “When It Rains It Pours”, and a further 7 tracks from the “This One’s For You” album. A funky little groove underpins this song about that upswing moment after a breakup when it’s not all right, but you know it’s going to be alright.